Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour With Saigon River Speedboat (Afternoon)

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    1:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Experience the best of Ho chi minh city on this half-day tour with a knowledgeable local guide. With a small-group of no more than 6 people, visit French-designed architectural landmarks such as Saigon opera house, Central post office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, and stroll through modern urban streets in the city center. Youll see evidence of the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum and learn about the citys transformation from war-torn Saigon to present day. Then, travel by speedboat along the Saigon river at sunset to witness life along the waterway!

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide upon pickup at your hotel in the afternoon, and hop in an air-conditioned vehicle to explore the highlights of Ho chi minh city. First, visit the citys most popular museum, often frequented by westerners the War remnants museum formerly called the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. As you tour exhibits about the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese refer to as the American War, hear stories of former Saigon from your guide.
Next, visit the Reunification palace, formerly known as Independence Palace, and walk through the eerie, deserted halls with your guide. This symbol of the South Vietnam government was the former home and workplace of the president during the Vietnam War, until the Fall of Saigon during which a North Vietnamese army tank stormed its gates and ended the war.
Afterward, drive to view two French-style architectural landmarks the Central post office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. The post office, designed by Gustav Eiffel in Gothic style between 1886 and 1891, is Vietnams largest. Admire the interior painted maps of the former Saigon and then enjoy the serene ambiance inside the iconic cathedral, built by the French between 1863 and 1880 on Paris Square and renowned for its neo-Romanesque architecture.
From here, follow your guide on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street (formerly known as Rue Catinat) a commercial center boasting numerous boutiques, shops, cafs and restaurants. Stroll to the Municipal Theatre of Ho chi minh city, also known as Saigon opera house -- now home to the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Learn how this Gothic structure, completed in 1901 and bombed during WWII, served as a refuge for French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954.
When youve finished exploring Ho Chi Minh Citys downtown and its most famous landmarks, enjoy a speedboat ride along the Saigon river. Your guide will point out the houses on stilts, which line the riverbanks, and tell you about the local people whose livelihoods depend on the river. Feel as though you've traveled back in time as you cruise the waterway depending on the season of your travel, your cruise lets you bask in the warm glow of the sun as it disappears behind the horizon! Then, returning to land by 6pm, youll be transported back to your hotel.
*** This tour is based on group/ SIC only.

Inclusions

shared transfer by air-conditioned vehicle

English-speaking guide on tour SIC

Speedboat cruise

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Tour based on SIC

Entry/Admission - War Remnants Museum

Entry/Admission - The Independence Palace

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Apr-2015

    Good introduction to the maiin highlights of the city and its past history.
    Guide was good and the timing of the tour was about right.

  • 01-Mar-2015

    Very interesting tour and a wonderful guide who spoke perfect English and was very entertaining.

  • 16-Jan-2015

    We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Dominic, was very enthusiastic. I've learned a lot about Ho Chi Minh through him. The Speedboat ride was great too. Definitely worth your while. I recommend this tour to anyone who's going to Ho Chi Minh for the first time.

  • 14-Jan-2014

    Excellent tour , great guide and good value.

  • 24-Dec-2013

    This tour gave us an excellent overview of central Ho Chi Minh City with focus on the War Remnants Museum, a collection of weapons and pictures based on the Vietnamese beating both the French and American armies, and the Reunification Palace, the home and office of the former president of South Vietnam which was captured by North Vietnamese troops in April 1975. The Palace is seen as it was when the president fled. We also visited the Post Office designed by M. Eiffel who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the French colonial style city hall, the Opera House and other buildings. A speedboat your up the Saigon River showed us the poorer side of Saigon with thousands of shacks on stilts built along the river bank, and at one place on the river the most expensive housing in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • 12-Dec-2013

    Excellent tour of the city and a very good tour guide.

  • 10-Oct-2013

    Informative tour guide, spent just the right amount of time at each place.